When I first began studying Gandhi, I must admit, I was looking for a moralist and a purist. I was searching for someone who was “good,” perhaps someone even so remotely “good” that I could flat out ignore him when I didn’t like what he was saying. Imagine my surprise, then, when the person I found in Gandhi is no moralist, but a scientist, certainly an idealist and optimist, but above all, a seeker.
When he spoke, it was from his hard-earned experience. He was not the mouthpiece of an ideology of any sort. That is what is hard to ignore. By letting his experiences change– instead of harden or break– him, he inspires me to be more detached from my own opinions and ideologies, and to be more compassionate with others who are “not there yet” (well, more often than not, myself).
Think of the ways in which your views have constructively evolved since childhood, not to mention last month.
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